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The Reaction To Frankie Edgar’s Brutal KO Loss Speaks Volumes About His Status As A Legend

The reaction to Frankie Edgar’s stunning KO loss to Brian Ortega at UFC 222 last night is evidence of the immense respect the world of MMA has for him.

UFC 222 is now in the past and while the top-billed fight on the card saw the women’s featherweight title up for grabs, the vast majority of the interest surrounding last night’s happenings fell upon the clash found in the co-main.

In it, the legendary Frankie Edgar fell a long-way short of the mark in a truly remarkable loss to the prospect Brian Ortega. He might have been the underdog coming in, but ‘T-City’ earned himself quite a few new fans with this huge victory.

Following the fight’s conclusion, the MMA community let their respect for the man he defeated be known. It was the first time the former-lightweight champ Edgar had ever been finished in pro-MMA.

For years his iron chin and unexplainable willpower saw him achieve great things but with this latest setback, it really does appear as though the next generation are taking over at 145lbs.

Some of the best tributes to ‘the Answer’ can be found below:

With that, it would seem as though it will be Ortega who steps up to face the champ Max Holloway. It is sad in a way, given the fact that Frankie earned his title shot but after two failed attempts to get the pair of them in the octagon, injuries managed to trip-up what could well be his final run at a UFC championship.

Nothing can take away the impact he has made on the sport, though, and while this defeat doesn’t necessarily spell the end for his time in the UFC’s lights, seeing his chin crack like that proved to be a truly tough watch for those of us who have watched his rise.

Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena

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Author: Cillian Cunningham

Lead mixed martial arts writer who can be contacted at [email protected]